Tiny Vipers: Life On Earth

By: Ron Hart

Seattle's Jesy Fortino, who records and performs under the moniker Tiny Vipers, has a beautiful, husky voice that could no doubt earn her some massive exposure if she chose to brighten up her sound and market herself to the music supervisors helming the corporate chick flick machine. However, it seems as though Fortino prefers to keep her unique, dark country songs compatible with films along the lines of No Country For Old Men and Paris, Texas than He's Just Not That Into You.

Initially recorded at her home before relocating the production to an analog recording studio in Austin, TX, the material comprising Tiny Vipers' second full-length is a stark affair, akin to Roseanne Cash pairing up with Rick Rubin to continue her father's American Recordings series or The Cowboy Junkies re-recording The Trinity Sessions with Stephen O'Malley from Sunn o))). Tracks like "Development" and the ten-minute long title cut are both perfect examples of the kind of epic doom country this gal is capable of, sparse sweeping narratives that blow across your stereo like tumbleweeds. It's gonna be very interesting to see what Fortino turns out when she decides to go electric, hints of which can be heard on the atmospheric space-out "Twilight Property," while the album's closing number "Outside" could pass for a long, lost relative of another downer classic in the Sub Pop catalog, Joe Pernice's Chappaquiddick Skyline. Life On Earth (arriving July 7) is a great sophomore effort from one of the Pop's most promising rising stars.

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[Published on: 7/2/09]

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